BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

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We are currently welcoming applications to this innovative programme and will commence enrolment to our September intake upon receipt of NMC and University approval (due May 2018).

Mental Health and wellbeing is a growing health concern. With an ageing and expanding population the demands on our critical healthcare services are growing, as is the demand for highly qualified, adaptable registered mental health professionals to meet the challenge.

This three year, full-time degree programme will build on the core values of the NHS constitution to allow undergraduate students the opportunity to specialise in mental health nursing at career entry level. The programme will be integrated with the adult nursing degree enabling both shared and field specific learning. This ensures you will have skills to manage both the physical and psychological needs of patients, responding to the need to upskill mental health nurses to meet the challenging and complex needs of individuals and communities alike.

The undergraduate nursing programmes are underpinned by an innovative online simulated community ‘Birley Place’, which is threaded through the entire curriculum and promotes learning in relation to individuals and communities, rather than a disease focus. There is a focus for interprofessional learning within the faculty and you will have access to this prior to commencing the programme, so that learning can begin in preparation. You will follow the individuals and families through your learning, meeting them in a variety of settings and scenarios, providing you with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of their holistic needs and the multidisciplinary approach to meeting them.

This exciting new programme will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and successful graduation will provide registration on part one of the register.  We are one of the largest university trainers of nursing and health professionals in the North West of England and are very proud of our strong associations and partnerships with the local NHS trusts and other stakeholders. You will be taught alongside our Pre-registration Adult Nursing students and will have access to the same support, developing your skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure that you become a competent and confident professional practitioner.

All students must demonstrate in their personal statements an understanding of mental health nursing in the UK incorporating the NHS core values and contemporary issues in nursing. You must evidence an understanding of the qualities required to be a nursing professional in the UK in order to be shortlisted for an interview. Successful applicants will be subject to a video/face-to-face interview.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The choice of possible career routes is diverse and after graduation there are opportunities for work within the National Health Service, in the private sector, or overseas. There are also a range of opportunities for postgraduate study and research.

Some of our degree programmes provide a range of practitioner options, and the nature of the units available can contribute to current personal and professional development.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM)

BCC-BBC, any subject considered but preference given to core or health related subjects - maximum of 3 subjects considered.

Specific GCSE requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English Language, Science and evidence of IT skills. Students applying with a BTEC L3 must have a minimum of a grade B/5 in GCSE science

For applicants who do not hold a GCSE Maths qualification C/4 or above, we welcome applications from candidates who are willing to undertake and complete an equivalent to GCSE Maths C/4 prior to entry i.e. Level 2 Functional Skills

We accept Biology, Additional Science or Applied Science (not Core Science) – do not accept GCSE Physics or Chemistry on its own

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject which includes science-based content with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points – considered on an individual basis, taking into account educational experience, life experience and skills

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

7.0 overall with no element less than 7.0

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

All applicants must have evidence of Level 3 study within the 5 years prior to application and must provide an academic reference.  This must be from a referee who is able to comment on the applicant's suitability for the nursing profession and focus on their character, attitude and personal skills during voluntary or care experience.

Previous experience in a health care setting is desirable.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for all students. This will be completed through the university prior to enrolment.

Your personal statement is expected to demonstrate: a professional attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses/limitations, an insight into Mental Health Nursing, care environments and current issues in contemporary nursing or health care, an ability to work both independently and as part of a team, motivation and a commitment to the course, an ability to solve problems and to think creatively and a capacity for leadership.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of I.T. skills.

Further information

Shortlisted candidates must attend an interview in person.

IELTS 7.0 with no element below 7.0 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSE English Language.

Candidates from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Course details

Mental health nursing is a demanding, yet rewarding profession. Our undergraduate programmes have been designed, developed and are delivered to recognise the core values of the NHS and the required standards of our accrediting body the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Nursing is a challenging profession, both mentally and physically, which carries a great deal of responsibility. Mental health nurses care for people across the lifespan including young adults and others with acute and long-term illnesses in a range of settings both NHS and non-NHS. They work as part of a wider multi-agency team including police and the justice system, social work, social care and a range of other support services providing a range of opportunities for employment.

This course specialises in caring for and supporting individuals with mental health issues in a variety of settings, including hospitals, the community and with independent and voluntary organisations. You will learn how to assess the needs of the patient, communicate effectively with professional colleagues, and provide sensitive support for the patient and their families. You will also develop leadership and management skills required to motivate and supervise others.

International Students must demonstrate in their personal statements an understanding of mental health nursing in the UK incorporating the NHS core values and contemporary issues in nursing. Students must evidence an understanding of the qualities required to be a nursing professional in the UK in order to be shortlisted for an interview. Successful applicants will be subject to a video interview. 

Foundations in Professional Practice

This integrated unit will provide the foundation knowledge and skills required to prepare a student nurse to understand and appreciate the complexity of knowledge required in order to become a professional, accountable and competent nurse. Topics include: working in a multidisciplinary team; introduction to ethical practice; reflective practice; academic writing and referencing and information skills. There will be a focus on the development of the skills and attitudes needed for communication with a range of service users. You will study with the adult students for core lectures and in dedicated mental health groups for specialist content.

Foundations of Knowledge and Skills for Mental Health Nursing

This integrated unit will equip you with the necessary clinical skills, numeracy skills and knowledge of underpinning Anatomy and Physiology to deliver safe, effective, and competent nursing care. This unit will include one split placement with adult to facilitate the Aseptic Technique assessment in practice.

You will study with the adult students for core lectures and in dedicated mental health groups for specialist content and skills.

Nursing in a Contemporary Society

This integrated unit will explore the wider determinants of health and focus on the principles of safeguarding of at risk groups. Key themes include the development of self-awareness within the context of effective communication. There will be an emphasis on the safeguarding of at risk and vulnerable groups whilst adopting a holistic and preventative approach to health and well-being. The concept of advocacy will be explored in relation to mental health. You will study with the adult students for core lectures and in dedicated mental health groups for specialist content.

Application of Skills in Mental Health Nursing

Over the course of this dedicated mental health unit, you will study subjects relating to acute and long – term ongoing care. The application of communication strategies will be utilised to help you develop your self-awareness and ability to deal with challenging practical situations and interventions. Mental Health theory and practice will be covered to include the politics of health and how models apply in practice e.g. talking therapies , recovery approaches and brief intervention therapies. You will develop a range of key and transferable skills including problem solving and the utilisation of numeracy for practice. Our virtual community Birley Place will be the focus of learning in relation to both mental and physical health.

Evidence for Practice

This integrated unit will enable you to gain skills in relation to searching for and critiquing evidence to support practice in your field. The unit will principally cover methodologies, critical reading and writing, referencing and citation and the ability to source evidence to support the development and delivery of evidence based practice. Ensuring that you understand the context of service provision and the need for service evaluation and audit in order to enhance and assure quality care. You will also study with the adult students for core lectures and in dedicated mental health groups for specialist content.

Global Perspectives of Nursing

This integrated unit will focus on the variety of roles within nursing from both a national and international perspective, taking into consideration the element of patient empowerment and the extended role of service users. Encapsulating this basic tenor an underpinning of basic epidemiology and disease processes will be explored, that will investigate issues related to malnutrition, sanitation and poverty, substance misuse, use of technology and the changing nature of health/ mental health from a global context. You will also study with the adult students for core lectures and in dedicated mental health groups for specialist content.

Dimensions of Mental Health Nursing Practice

The dedicated mental health unit will focus on communication, breaking bad news and conflict resolution, managing challenging behaviour and facilitate the experiential learning in relation to mental health interventions e.g. CBT, talking therapies, use of creative therapies. Complex, evidenced based holistic care planning and philosophies of care will be explored and facilitated. Professional issues in mental health nursing will be analysed together with complex ethical decision making strategies and legislation in practice. The law and ethics of medicine management and prescribing will be critically reviewed in preparation for clinical assessment. The Acute Illness Management Course (AIMS) is included in this unit tailored to mental health.

Integrated Study Unit

The Integrated Study Unit provides an extended opportunity to critically explore a chosen topic within healthcare practice and permits the demonstration of knowledge and skills corresponding to programme awards and their application to practice. Learning experiences will focus on the scholarly skills necessary for completion of the written dissertation component of the unit. Individual supervision from a named supervisor will support the individual student in respect of this. You will engage with lectures, workshops, tutor supervision, peer group working and independent study. Practice learning will necessitate the student to critically apply and defend evidence-based interventions in practice supported by a mentoring team and with the contribution where applicable of other healthcare professionals. You will engage in supervised learning in the practice setting and undertake a range of advanced clinical skills in the laboratory.

Transitions to Professional Practice

The aim of this integrated unit is to promote transition from a nursing student to a registered practitioner mental health who is able to think critically about their practice and synthesise new ideas. The content will include selecting and developing models of care to meet patient need. For leadership and management including governance of care the focus will be on leadership theory and its application, including integrated working. This unit will also explore issues associated with professional development, developing autonomy and preparation for registration including supervision, preceptorship, revalidation, teaching skills and supporting learning in practice. This will relate to the experiences of newly qualified staff as well as ward manager expectations. This unit includes the Staff Nurse Tool kit, which will be tailored to simulation of ward and community mental health environments to develop your clinical decision-making skills, resilience and confidence prior to registration.

You will study with the BSc Adult Nursing students for core lectures and in dedicated mental health groups for specialist content.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be: Study • Year 1, 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% placement ; 5% independent study • Year 2, 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% placement ; 10% independent study • Year 3, 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% placement ; 20% independent study

Placements options

You will attend a variety of placements in Greater Manchester across each year. Practice is 50% of the programme - 2,300 hours across three years must be achieved to register with the NMC.

You must have completed the DBS process and mandatory training prior to commencement of placement.

You will be supported in placement by appropriately trained staff.

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Other Costs

Health checks: You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability: students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies. Course specific regulations: Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practice safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on condonement of failed marks.


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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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